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Wildcats third in President’s Cup tally; highest finish to date

Pennsylvania College of Technology was third in this year’s North Eastern Athletic Conference Presidents’ Cup rankings, the Wildcats’ highest finish since joining the conference in 2014.

Lancaster Bible College won the cup for the third straight year, while Keuka College finished second.

This is the fifth year that the NEAC has determined its Presidents’ Cup winner by utilizing the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into consideration when awarding the conference’s Presidents’ Cup in the past, the NEAC now also takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service.

Penn College WildcatsPenn College has improved its finish in the Presidents’ Cup in each year since joining the league. The Wildcats were 14th in 2014-15; 10th in 2015-16; sixth in 2016-17, and fourth last year.

“I continue to be amazed by our student-athletes, coaches and staff for all of their efforts this past year,” said John D. Vandevere, Penn College’s director of athletics. “They fully understand the importance of the NCAA Division III philosophy and have embraced it in every aspect of our Presidents’ Cup.  I am very proud of all of their accomplishments this past year and I look forward to seeing what they do next year as they have reset our standards once again.”

Penn College won the Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup for community service after raising $4,168, with 2,225 hours of service, and 864 total participants. The Wildcats finished second in the Athletic Direct Reports’ Cup for sportsmanship, with a .6103 average score following the ranking of sportsmanship for all 12 sports Penn College sponsors in the conference.

Penn College was seventh in the Athletic Directors’ Cup for athletic success with a sixth-place finish in women’s sports and a fifth-place finish in men’s sports. The Wildcats had four teams reach the NEAC postseason, highlighted by softball’s runner-up finish. The Wildcats finished ninth in the Faculty Athletic Representatives’ Cup for academic success, with a 3.14 GPA and 60 NEAC Scholar-Athletes.

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